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Duke Resources for Those Affected by Local and World Events


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Duke is home to students, faculty and staff from all around the United States and the world. As such, members of the campus community are often affected by natural disasters, political unrest, wars and other destabilizing events that threaten the safety or wellbeing of their family members, friends and communities around the world.

The university provides a range of cost-free support services to help Duke students, faculty and staff cope during times of need, including:

For Students

  • The Duke International Student Center (DISC), located in Smith Warehouse, coordinates outreach and support to international students across the graduate, professional and undergraduate student population. DISC engages many international students to ensure timely support during moments of uncertainty in their home region.
  • DukeReach provides comprehensive outreach services to identify and support students in managing all aspects of well-being. DukeReach works closely with DISC around matters impacting international students and with academic deans and other campus resources to ensure a coordinated response to student concerns. If you are concerned about a student's health or behavior, and your concern is not considered an emergency, please submit a DukeReach report.
  • Blue Devils Care offers Duke students 24/7, no-cost mental health support as well as scheduled counseling for common issues and concerns. All services are provided virtually.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a service for undergraduate, graduate and professional students that provides short-term individual and group counseling, couples counseling and more. It also offers a multitude of resources and referrals to help you cope during stressful or difficult times.
  • Duke’s identity and cultural centers, including DISC and the LIFE office, provide education, advocacy and support for Duke students, including students with extended families living outside the United States. 
  • Duke Chapel and Religious Life at Duke offer a wide range of student supports, whether or not you are connected to a religious tradition. Visit their website to connect with leaders from any of Duke’s diverse faith groups, all of whom are experienced in offering emotional and spiritual care to college-age students. 
  • DukeLine is an anonymous, text-message platform where undergraduate students can take concerns about anxiety, conflict, identity struggles, financial stress and other topics to a peer coach who is also a Duke undergraduate students. Students can text (984) 230-4888 on evenings and weekends to reach a peer coach. Coaches are volunteers who have been trained to listen to concerns and help students find additional support and research at Duke and beyond.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Personal Assistance Service is the faculty and employee assistance program that offers assessment, short-term counseling and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members. 

For Faculty, Staff and Students